Notices for Sunday 7th June 2015

There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
Cor 2 4:18 (Message)

Help us Father God to not dwell on things which are not important today but more to contemplate on what exciting things the future might hold for us.
Amen

We welcome our preacher this morning who is Mr Tim Guy
After service tea hosts Keith and Myra

Our thanks for the flowers which are given by Norma and Janis in memory of their parents Trevor and Rose Jones, and George and Marjorie Carr
Organist: Lydia Edwards

Sunday 14th June
11.00am        Mr David Young
Vestry Stewards – Avril and Elizabeth
Door Steward – Warren
Tea Hosts – Warren and Vera

Diary Dates

June
Mon 8th        Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Tue 9th        Concert in Church Hall 7.00pm Tickets £5, Cor Y Pentan, Northop Youth & Training Band
Wed 10th      Midweek Communion at Regent Street 11.15am
Fri 12th        Friday Lunch Club at noon in the hall £2.50
Sun 14th       Circuit Service at Gresford 6.00pm
Mon 15th       Lunch at Gresford 12 noon £5
Tue 16th       Tea & Raffle at Rhosymedre 4.00pm
Wed 17th      Bible Study at Avril’s home 7.30pm
Thu 18th       Cafe Service at Hope Parish Church 3.30pm
Sat 20th       Circuit BBQ at Gresford 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Please pray for the following:
Richard Down
Phyllis Davies
Isobel Holroyd
Ernest Tait
Maurice Anderton
Seren Williams
Vanessa Woolrich
Kay Davies

All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.

Ordination Service

The Methodist Conference meets at Southport this year and one of the associated Ordination Services will be held at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 28th June 2015 at 6.30pm.

Local Churches are being asked to participate by helping with stewarding, distribution of communion, and creche facilities.  You would need to arrive in time for a briefing at 5pm.

With 12 Ministers being ordained and a congregation of over 1000 expected, this will be an inspiring occasion.  If you would like to be involved please contact me as soon as possible:

Linda Turner, Tel: 07532 150759
Email: chester.circuit@yahoo.co.uk

Life As Adventure
Cor 2 4:18

Life is so unpredictable, and yet we attempt to predict it. I check the weather on my computer or phone at least three times a day (which is a good thing, since the forecast is always changing). I’m currently planning a trip for work and yesterday as I typed up my schedule I realize that I have left very little time for serendipity.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. … So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

It’s easy to lose heart when all you’re looking at is lists, calendars, and tasks. It makes us feel as though we are wasting away because our vision is necessarily myopic. We’re afraid that if we take even a minute to look up from what we’re doing we’ll lose our place and there’s no getting it back very easily. We have to stay aware and alert, on top of everything like Whack-A-Mole.

These are the things that are seen, the things that are right in front of our noses. But what about what is unseen? What does that even mean?

Being aware of the unseen is remembering that behind the lists, underneath the calendars, alongside the tasks are reasons that make us so focused. We have lists and tasks and calendars, because we know that without them we can forget something that’s truly important. And in the process, we sometimes forget something that’s truly important. I know. Makes your head spin, doesn’t it?

So what is truly important? What is the unseen?

The unseen is the adventure, the love, the people, the spirit. It is the thing that brings you life, not the thing that sucks the life out of you. It is moving forward, even with the lists, tasks, and calendars—not standing still.

The important thing is the journey, because you never know what’s around the next corner. We can’t plan for that, but we can be ready for it. Ready for the moment when the laundry doesn’t get done because you need to read a book or call up a friend. Ready for the moment when a co-worker wants to talk about something. Ready for the moment at the conference when, through all the long meetings, a wonderful connection is made, someone who will be a new friend. Ready for laughter, a meal, an invitation.

All of that adventure is hiding. Hiding among the lists, the tasks, the calendars. Hiding in plain sight, waiting to be discovered and unleashed.

We just have to be better about looking for it.

Melissa Bane Sevier, First Presbyterian Church, Aurora, Indiana, USA

 

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